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Wednesday
Nov142012

Daisy Garden Baby Quilt

Making baby quilts is my favorite gift to give. It's a joy to plan the quilt with the new baby in mind and hoping that it will be something they use and cherish. This quilt I made for very special friends, Jennifer & John. They were the first "couple" friends from our first year of marriage. We watched them date & marry, lived in the same apartment complex, celebrated numerous events together, prayed for them as they traveled the world on a missions boat, and now attempt at keeping in touch as they live in Florida and have just had a beautiful baby girl. Jennifer knew I wanted to make her a quilt, so she requested that I make something with flowers. Here's the process of her quilt that I'm calling, Daisy Garden. 

I wanted to piece together monochramtic prints to make flowers. So I sketched out a few different ideas but finally settled on something like this: 

I liked the idea of alternating the colors, but in the end decided on option 3. I liked how each "flower" would pop out of the design, more than alternating the backgrounds with yellow and green (like options 1 & 2). To make the block, each square is a 2.5" square. To make the points, it's a half square triangle made from 5" blocks to form a 2.5" square when completed. I pieced together the 6 squares in each row from top to bottom. Then sewed the 6 rows together. That's right each block has 36 squares in it! Making this quilt filled with 324 squares! The most detailed quilt I've made! That's love. ;) 

One element that was a surprise, was how pretty the negative space of the flowers looked. My challenge for myself this year is to improve my free-motion quilting "talents". I usually quilt with straight lines, but after being inspired by so many beautifully quilted quilts, I knew that they quilt required something special. In the negative white space, I used Elizabeth Hartman's loopy flowers tutorial. Much easier than it looks, and all of them came out beautifully! For the flowers, I wanted the quilting to contrast, so I decided to use a straight line "cross-hatch" pattern, using the squares as my guide to sew on the diagonal. 

For the back of the quilt, I used the same pattern of the flower, but blew it up to make one big pattern on the back. I loved it so much! I think I'm going to make one for a whole quilt! 

Finally, I knew that I wanted to embroider her name, date, and meaning of name on the back. This took, so much longer than I anticipated!! It may be the only time I do this! But I so love how it came out.  It took lots of planning, countless hours, and much of this year to make. But, this is by far my favorite baby quilt I've made!

 

Thursday
Nov082012

DIY // Canvas Leather Tote

 

After making many leather geometric necklaces, I still had lots of leather left! I don't like to waste anything, so I wanted to use it in another project. Also, I've been looking for a big canvas tote that I can haul with me to markets and estate sales. I didn't have one that was very sturdy, so I thought that leather straps would be the perfect addition to this bag. I hope you like it too! 

*If you enjoy this tutorial, please pin on pinterest with the caption Kollabora All Summit Challenge, it may help me win a trip to Alt Summit! Thanks so much!*

Supplies: 

- 1/2 yard of blue canvas

- 1/2 yard of gray canvas

- scraps of leather at least 28" long and 1.5" wide - old belts would also work really well! 

- 4 top gold snaps

- thread, sewing machine, scissors, chalk, iron, 

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1. Cut a 17" x 17" square from the blue canvas. Cut two 11" x 17" rectangles from the gray canvas. If you have a rotary cutter, ruler, and self healing mat, use these to easily cut out the blocks. If you do not have these on hand, mark the lines with chalk and then cut with scissors.   

2. Using a 1/2" seam allowance, sew together the blocks as shown. Press the seams open. Now top stitch the seam. To do this sew on the right side of the fabric, 1/4" from the seam on both sides. This finishes the seam and makes the seam lie flat.  

3. Hem the top of the bag. Iron 1/4" seam down, then fold & iron the seam 3/8" and press. Sew. 

4. Fold the "bag" in half, make sure to line up the colored sections. Pin. Sew the side seams with a 1/2" seam. 

5. To make gussets, keeping the bag inside out, pinch on corner of the bag mark 2" from tip to form a triangle, mark with chalk. Sew where line is marked. Repeat for other side. Turn inside out and you now have a bag! I don't trim the gussets as they helps the bag stand up. 

6. Make handles! Cut two 28" by 1.5" of leather from scraps or use a belt. On the top of the tote, mark where you'd like the handles. I marked mine 2" down from the top, and at 5" and 11" mark. To poke holes, the easiest way is to snip a small hole with the tip of the scissors. 

7. I only attached the front snaps to each of the handles. Punch a hole in the leather, attach the snaps to secure leather to canvas, hammer secure. Repeat three more times to each end of the handle.  

Viola & Enjoy!

Wednesday
Nov072012

PNW Blogger Meet-Up

Twice a year, Chelsey from The Paper Mama host a Pacific Northwest Blogger Meet-Ups. (If you're a PNW blogger and didn't know about it, subscribe to the PNW blog to be updated and register for the next one! You have to sign up before hand and they sell out quickly!) 

Last Saturday, was the second event I'd been to and it was so much fun! Hosted by West Elm & Whole Foods, we were treated to West Elm's beautiful surroundings and yummy food and drink, while chatting about all things related to blogs! 

Cardigans, colored tights, and stripes were the most popular items to wear of the night. I couldn't resist these mercury owl mugs, I bought one and a red ceramic mug too. I've always loved these baskets, they were my inspiration for this color-blocked rope basket I made a few months back. 

One of the first gals I met was Spencer from 12 oz Bee House, she was wearing a handmade dress too! We talked patterns and getting the perfect fit for a long time. She has a fun blog full of creativeness too! 

West Elm is always full of inspiration and amazing furniture and home decor. These were just a few of the pieces that I took a double-look at! 

In an effort to post more photos of myself actually with people, here's one of Chelsey and I. I'm thankful that we've become blogger friends. We met at Alt last year and she is the guru behind, The Paper Mama, and host of these events. We have plans in the works to do some collaborating together, so keep your eyes peeled for more of us together. ;) 

Also, I wanted to share about this dress! This is the second dress that I made and I really enjoyed this pattern. It's the Peony Collette Pattern. I've decided that this will be the pattern that I will use for the bridesmaids dress I need to make for my bff, Kirsten's wedding. I had to make a few alterations (bigger darts in the back, cut neckline much lower, and make front bodice a bit smaller) I think I'll still fine tune it a bit more for the next dress, but I love how much of it turned out! 

It was great meeting many new faces and seeing some familiar ones from many blogs, I look forward to the next event! 

Tuesday
Nov062012

Vintage Design Collective // Now Open!

   Over the past year, as we have vended at Portland Flea, we were constantly asked, where is your shop?Finally, we have an answer. Remnant is now open seven days a week at the new shop Vintage Design Collective (VDC). It's located on 7126 SE Milwaukie Ave in the Sellwood Neighborhood of Portland, OR. There are six other vintage goods vendors at VDC as well, it's well worth a stop!

   Here's a peek into Remnant's booth within VDC: 

   The steps of  Vintage Design Collective

 

 

 

    One of my favorite new pieces that we found for Remnant, is this amazing 9' x 12' persian rug. It's beautiful and really warms the space. I really thought that we would have to buy a new rug as these are usually wall over our price range. Chris was insistant that we would find one out in the "wild", and I was so glad that he was proved right! 

 

Here's a look at a few of the other vendor's booth within VDC: 

 

 

 

 

So stop on by! Seven Days a week, open 11am - 7pm - 7126 SE Milwaukie Ave, Portland, OR. 97202

 

Friday
Nov022012

Sewing Apparel Update

Throughout my sewing clothes adventure, I've received so much support from many, many people! Thanks so much! Since my post about sewing the Crepe Colette pattern, I have finished it! Sewing this pattern was lots of fun and I learned a lot! The pattern was so easy to follow and read, after completing this project, I highly recommend it! 

I did go to Modern Domestic and Erica helped me with the fit of the dress. I had to alter the darts for it to fit just right, and it was much easier than I thought to alter them. I love the retro vibe of this dress and it's simplicity. I could see easily making this dress in a few sewing sessions.  

However, I must admit, it's not my favorite for a couple of reasons. One, I'm not a fan of the cap sleeves. The way that they drape is not too flattering one me. Two, I liked this dress for the wrap feature, but because of that, it's hard for the back to lay as nice as I'd like. Also, it needs to be wrapped/tied securely around your waist, making it not too comfortable. Third and finally, it just felt too much like summer. Not enough January Wedding dressy. 

And because a few people asked me to post photos of myself, here is one.  However, I have to say, it takes much longer than I thought to get accustomed to the self-timer and finding the right light! So with great hesitation, here's the dress "on". :) 

Will I make the dress again? Maybe in a different fabric that I like more. Will this be the dress for Kirsten's wedding? No. I'm moving on to a different Colette Pattern: the Peony. I decided to first try this dress in a beautiful dark gray fabric, to see if I liked the pattern. So far, I think this will be the right dress for the wedding. Also, I really wanted to wear a handmade dress to a special event this weekend, the PNW Blogger Holiday Party.  The party is going to be at WestElm in the pearl, so I wanted something much more dressy! I'm almost finished with it, I just need to make some alterations in the back. I'll post photos soon! 

Overall, I'm really enjoying this process. I love that I can make anything in beautiful fabrics tailored perfectly to me. It does take time, but it's well worth it!